What Azodicarbonamide In Food Should Mean To You

Everybody’s talking about azodicardonamide in Subway’s bread and other products. This is the so-called yoga mat chemical. Subway will be removing it from bread. Some people are calling for it to be removed from anything we’d eat.

I noticed some blogs saying that they don’t care about this. Why? The writers tend to say because we’ve all been eating it all along and we’re all just fine so it can’t be that bad.

Are we really all that well?

If I’m to believe what I watch and read on the news and reported from friends’ real lives in Facebook posts, the USA is fatter and sicker than ever. We have more autism and birth defects than ever. We have more cancer than ever.

The “I’ve been eating/doing it this long and I’m fine” is typically said by someone experiencing a moment of perceived immortality without any thoughts of the future. My grandpa smoked for decades, and it eventually killed him. Lots of people back then thought smoking would be OK. And as the years without symptoms passed, they could only think, hey I’m smoking and I’m fine, so this must be OK.

Choices like these are not OK if we care at all about the possible outcomes of our future health.

There are lots of things you can do and be “OK.” You can recreationally use drugs. You can never exercise. You can smoke. Drink. Beat people up. Eat man-made chemicals disguised as food, even ones other countries have banned. You might be OK now. But it would be smarter for you to admit that you really have no idea what these long term effects will be.

You have no idea how eating or doing these things might affect your future children. Your future health. I think our grandparents’ generation were a sturdy bunch, and not just because they lived through war and depression. They were a group of people who ate food before it was canned, microwaved, mass produced, and chemically enhanced. They were some pretty rugged people. I think a lot of that was the quality of their diet. There’s only so much crap you can add to food in 1918.

Start reading labels and making better decisions.

I remember from childhood an ice cream commercial reading a competitor’s label and stopping on “polysorbate 80.” What is THAT? Our ice cream just has milk, cream, sugar, etc… The commercial had a great point that really affected me:

If you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it is, you probably shouldn’t eat it.

Does your “vitamin water” need chromium polynicotinamide?

Should you eat glycerol ester wood of rosin?

You should not eat high fructose corn syrup. They’ve only convinced you it’s OK by using 4 words that separately sound safe. Even if they rename it corn sugar, it’s freaking poison and I believe a large cause of the health and weight issues people face.

Aspartame, known as Nutrasweet. The devil.

Here is a great article giving you more info on things in our foods and what health problems they seem to cause. Read labels, look for these, and then buy something ELSE.

http://health.yahoo.net/experts/menshealth/12-scariest-things-your-food

For more, just Google crazy chemicals in food.


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Terrible Slogan: Too Delicious To Be Nutritious

I heard this on a commercial and couldn’t believe how awful it was. I think it means, “This tastes good but it’s not good for you.” A lot of so called Greek yogurts have a lot of sugar and corn syrup. They’re not all good for you.

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What does this slogan say to you?


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Skippy Natural Peanut Butter Isn’t

“Natural.” It’s the latest craze sweeping labels. Everything wants to say it’s natural. What does that really mean? Take peanut butter. To me, “natural” peanut butter has nothing added to it other than what you need to make peanut butter. That would be roasted peanuts, period. Or if you like salted, roasted peanuts and salt. That’s it.

I typically get my PB from Trader Joe’s. I had also tried Kroger brand natural PB, which was good. I decided to try Safeway’s home delivery service recently. I searched their site for natural peanut butter. I got a few national brands. I picked one at random. Skippy. It says natural. I assume it’ll be what I want, and good enough until I can hit Trader Joe’s. Looking at Skippy’s website now, they claim it has no preservatives, artificial flavours, or artificial colours. Sounds good to me. The order came, I read the label, and the four-letter words flew.

The ingredients are roasted peanuts, sugar, palm oil, and salt. Sugar?? And palm oil? That doesn’t even come from a peanut. Palm oil is high in saturated fat, and has been found to promote heart disease. How is that “natural peanut butter”? I also recently saw an exposé on the news. Palm oil is surrounded in controversy because of how it’s farmed and how the workers are treated. Holy cats! Natural? I’m insulted.

The Target Audience

One of two things has to be going on here.

  • Possibility #1: Skippy doesn’t understand what natural peanut butter is. Well, maybe. I hope they will all go on field trips to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to find out!
  • Possibility #2: Skippy feels that their target audience likes to see the word “natural” on the label, but then won’t read the rest of the label to see what’s really going on inside. I was only guilty of that because I was ordering online. In the stores, I read every label.

Assuming the reality here is #2, that says a lot about human behaviour. It says we want to feel like we’re doing the right thing by purchasing “natural” products, but we don’t take the extra step to check that we’re getting what we’re promised. That means that manufacturers can and will continue to slip things by people who are only paying a fraction of the attention they think they are.

I’m sure the parents buying this “natural” PB thinks they are giving their kids something better. The difference between Skippy Creamy PB and Skippy Natural Creamy PB? The regular version has hydrogenated vegetable oils while the “natural” substitutes palm oil. You’re still giving yourself or your kids plenty of sugar and unhealthy oils.

I challenge manufacturers to be more honest in their labeling. I challenge consumers to be smarter and more thorough. Just because you can get something by someone doesn’t mean you should.


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